Flyers sign Pilot Mound defenseman

The Orange and Black have signed another defenseman for the 2018-2019 season, inking Pilot Mound, MB native Carson McConnell (00). The 6’1”, 185lbs blueliner played last season with the Pilot Mound Hockey Academy Buffaloes. In 61 games played last season, McConnell accounted for 47 points (5 Goals – 42 Assists) and 62 penalty minutes.

Left, Laurent Benjamin, Geoff Maloney, Nathan Karlowsky, Aaron Lewadniuk, Ryan McIntosh, Brock Vanderveen, Leo Lotscher. Missing: Steve Christie. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Beavers celebrate winning season

The Carman Beavers celebrated their season and presented awards to their players, while saying goodbye to some long time executive members at Scotswood Links.

Athletes of the year, Erick Buchsmann and Makenzie McCallum.

MCI honours athletic achievement

Morden Collegiate athletes were honoured for a strong year at the school’s athletic awards June 15. Athletes of the Year were named with Erick Buchsmann and Makenzie McCallum winning the honour. Awards were also presented to athletic letter award winners, and students who won coaches’ awards, and MVP awards.

Flyers release schedule

The Winkler Flyers will open up the 2018-2019 Manitoba Junior Hockey League Regular Season at home against the Neepawa Natives on Friday, September 21st. The Flyers and the MJHL announced their regular season schedule this week as the Orange and Black prepare for their 39th year in the league.

Garden Valley Collegiate athlete Aaron Warkentine, Aaron competes in the junior varsity boys 3,000 metre race (second section - timed final) at the 2018 MILK Provincial High School Track & Field Championships at University Stadium on June 9. He finished in fifth place overall with a time of 9:46.36. (Brook Jones/Postmedia Network)

Rural schools claim medals

Teams and individuals throughout southern Manitoba picked up some of the top prizes at the 2018 Milk Provincial High School Track and Field Championships. Second place finishes were claimed by two student athletes, both in junior varsity high jump. Elm Creek’s Jaylyn Deurbrouck and Alex Allan of St. Claude both took the silver.

Paige McDonald is pictured here after her team’s gold medal win at the European Regional Tournament in France in May. The competition is the first of what could be many successful appearances on courts across the globe with the Canadian Deaf Olympic Team for the local 16-year-old athlete. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Loss of hearing leads to gold medal

Paige McDonald lost her hearing two years ago, but the star athlete hasn’t let that stop her from conquering the volleyball world, joining the Canadian Deaf Olympic Team and winning the gold medal at the European Regional Tournament in France last month.

Out or safe? The umpire called this Stonewall player safe much to the chagrin of Portage players and coaching staff. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

GVC hosts Fastpitch provincials

The Portage Saints were denied their fourth consecutive high school fastpitch championship in Winkler June 2, falling 12-8 to the Stonewall Rams who won the province’s top prize for the first time since 2011. The Rams swept their way through the championship, beating Goose Lake and Nellie McClung in round robin play.

Martin Russo (right) celebrates his national third place finish. (RAFAL BURZA)

Russo wins national bronze

Martin Russo has won third place at the 2018 Canadian Nationals in Judo. The Winkler native, who now lives in Winnipeg while attending the University of Manitoba, took the bronze in the U21 - 90kg class. It’s not his first time on the national stage.

Martyniuk commits to Carleton

Graduating Goaltender Troy Martyniuk has capped off a very impressive Junior Hockey career with a commitment to the Carleton University Ravens for the 2018-2019 season. The Winnipeg native was the backbone of the Winkler Flyers this past season and his strong play did not go unnoticed, highlighted by a number of team and league awards.

Bates joins Yellowjackets

Veteran Flyers’ forward Coltyn Bates has found a new home for next season as the graduating centre has accepted a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The pride of Brandon, Manitoba saw his point totals increase significantly from one year to the next during his three years in Winkler.